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Transient Occupancy Tax

(Commonly Referred to as "Bed Tax")

How are hotel taxes collected?

For the privilege of occupancy in any hotel, each transient is subject to and shall pay a tax in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the rent charged. These taxes are collected by the operator of the hotel at the time the rent is paid. If the rent is paid in installments, a proportionate share of the tax shall be paid with each installment. The unpaid tax shall be due at the time the transient ceases to occupy space in the hotel.

What are the operator's duties?

The operator shall collect the tax imposed on the transient at the same time as the rent is collected. If the operator collects the rent but fails to collect the tax imposed for any reason, the city shall require the operator to pay such tax. The amount of tax shall be separately stated from the amount of the rent charged and each transient shall receive a receipt for payment from the operator. A duplicate copy of this receipt shall be kept by the operator.

How do I remit taxes?

All operators shall remit the full amount of taxes collected on the Transient Occupancy Tax Return form. Taxes may be remitted by mailing or delivering a check, money order, or cash to the City Treasurer, together with the form provided by the Treasurer's Office on or before the due date. Mailed returns should be sent to:

City of Fullerton
Treasurer's Office
303 W. Commonwealth Ave. Room 104
Fullerton, California 92832-1775

How do I obtain tax forms?

A tax return package is mailed annually at the beginning of the fiscal year, which begins July 1. The package includes:

New operators of hotels/motels may obtain a tax package in the Revenue Division at the Office of the City Treasurer.

What if I cease operation of the hotel?

Each operator shall notify the Office of the City Treasurer within ten days upon the cessation of business for any reason and shall make his/her books and records available for audit. Each operator, upon cessation of business for any reason, shall, within thirty days following the cessation of business, make the return to the Office of the City Treasurer on forms provided of the total taxable rents charged, the amount of the tax collected for the reporting period, remittances made, if any, and the balance of the tax due. At the time the return is filed, the full amount of the balance of the tax due, if any, shall be remitted to the Office of the Fullerton City Treasurer.

If you are unable to access Municipal Code Section 4.92, please contact the City of Fullerton Revenue Division by e-mail businessregistration@ci.fullerton.ca.us or phone (714) 738-3313.

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